Grealish mocking Almiron takes him ‘back to where he belongs – in moron territory,’ says pundit

Matt Stead
Jack Grealish celebrates

Jack Grealish has been slammed for his seemingly random criticism of Miguel Almiron during Manchester City’s Premier League title celebrations.

Grealish name-dropped Newcastle forward Almiron when criticising Riyad Mahrez’s performance in the club’s final game against Aston Villa.

Grealish, himself an unused substitute in the game, posted a picture of one beer and so led the ‘boozy’ revelry, but talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan was less than impressed.

“The bottom line is it takes Jack Grealish back to where he belongs – in moron territory. Engaging his mouth before he engages his brain,” he said.

“There’s no problem with him having banter with his teammates, that’s absolutely fine. If someone was to say he was taking the mickey out of Riyad Mahrez, you’d say it was banter, they’ve got that rapport.

“But if you take it out of another domain and you pick another player, single him out, and ridicule him because you think you’re in a position to do so, where’s that going to end?

“Someone somewhere is going to say, ‘By the way, who are you?’ What gives you the right to make that comparison? Why would you want to do it?

Jack Grealish is not the messiah, he’s a naughty boy on the path to obedience

“Where does your arrogance stop and intelligence begin? I’m sure he meant it tongue-in-cheek, but why pick on an individual player?

“Obviously in the back of his mind, he thinks that player probably is not good, and that’s his prerogative, but why does he need to do that to that particular player when Man City are talking about their success?

“Why does he think he is on a platform where he can look down on that player?” Jordan continued. “Jack Grealish is a talented player, he’s a long way from being a £100million player.

“He’s incredibly fortuitous to be playing for a club like Man City that has enabled him to win a Premier League, because I don’t think his contribution has taken Man City to that Premier League title.

“I think he’s a bit-part player, so he would have been better served saying, ‘Take me off the pitch’ more. It’s a lack of awareness.”